BIV is proud to recognize Shaez Allidina, managing partner at Evergreen Hospitality Group, and 39 exceptional business leaders with 2022 Forty under 40 Awards.
Each recipient is featured in BIV's annual Forty under 40 Magazine, and will be celebrated at an awards gala Feb. 22. Profiles of each award recipient – originally published in the magazine – will be available at biv.com in the days ahead.
Who or what is responsible for your work ethic?
My parents have shaped my work ethic. As new immigrants, they exemplified the meaning of hard work, and always instilled in me that the combination of hard work and education will lead to endless opportunities.
What drives you?
To be in a position where I have the time, skillset and financial capacity to help others in my community and to make positive contributions to society.
A favourite book you would recommend?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. A quote that resonated: “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: The fear of failure.” This is a reminder to keep pushing forward no matter what adversities we face.
Now that you are (or are close to) entering your 40s, what goals have you set for yourself?
Strive to be a better version of myself and learn as much as possible from those around me. Continue to be engaged in work that has a positive impact on the community, focus on my family and health and work towards being a scratch golfer.
What was your childhood career dream?
What was your toughest business or professional decision?
In 2017, I made a significant shift in transitioning from a professional career to becoming an entrepreneur. It was a major pivot and transformation, which required me to fully leverage my experience and skillset. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made.
What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
Work hard. Build a diverse network of mentors to hear different perspectives and learn as much as possible. Focus on the things that are in your control. Did I mention work hard?
What is your best habit?
I call my family every day regardless of where we all are.
Best piece of advice ever received?
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” Pursue experiences. Travel the world. Call your loved ones. Follow through on your commitments. Don’t leave things unresolved.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in business?
Being gracious and compassionate in all situations is challenging to achieve, but essential for your peace of mind, and for the respect and trust of others. The people I’ve come to admire most are the leaders who consistently model this way of being. This practice can generate immense trust and loyalty.
What career highlight are you most proud of?
During the pandemic, the hospitality industry faced significant challenges. I played a pivotal role in navigating our hotel portfolio to creatively establish partnerships that allowed the company to maintain financial viability and retain 100 per cent of its long-standing hospitality staff in an extremely challenging year.
What’s left to accomplish?
A lot. Focus on working on the business instead of in the business. Build a family. Travel more. Contribute and serve the community. Work on the golf game.